Are you obsessed with the melodrama of The Great Gatsby? Do you love the various plotlines of Jane Austin's novels? Then you would love the Crawley family and the world of Downton Abbey. Set in the early 20th Century, Downton Abbey is created around the village of Downton in the British countryside. You are introduced to the Crawley family and the world of upstairs and downstairs living with Lords, Ladies, servants, and Countesses. Lord and Lady Grantham (Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern) have three daughters Mary (Michelle Dockery), Edith (Laura Carmichael), and Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) Crawley. The Dowager Countess, Violet Grantham (Maggie Smith), who also frequently visits Downton with a sharp tongue always in tow.
Downton Abbey, created in 2010, was originally a television series for Masterpiece. In the series, you are introduced to all of the various characters of upstairs and downstairs and get a glimpse into their lives intertwining at Downton. Downton Abbey's six seasons takes you on a whirlwind of romance, drama, and melodrama with happiness and sadness. It is the perfect storm of a soap opera set in the eras of the Victorian, Edwardian, and the Roaring '20s. Although the television series ended in 2015, it left on a cliffhanger.
In September of 2019 the film, Downton Abbey arrived. Leaving off from the series Lady Mary Crawley-Talbot (Michelle Dockery) and Thomas Branson (Allen Leech) have officially taken over as the heads of Downton. However, there is always a twist when it comes to Downton. If you are a major super fan of Downton, you will appreciate the beginning of the movie. It starts with a letter of high importance, just like the series. However, this time around the message brings a surprise, a visit from the royal family. The film is geared around the anticipated arrival of their Majesties at Downton Abbey and the village of Downton.
The film, like the series, captures the era beautifully with its cinematic imagery. The film was made for the big screen, so there are grand and breathtaking shots of Highclere Castle and the grounds. The costumes also capture the essence of imagery of the era as well. Creating the illusion of being in the 1920's glamour and life of luxury. Everything is created on a grand scale allowing the viewer to be immersed in the world of Downton. The film will leave you in awe of 1920 Britain. That will leave you begging for a cup of tea and feeling quite royal. You will finally get the answers to the anticipated cliffhanger left in 2015.
Downton Abbey also has companion books for the film and series as well as cookbooks, and history books regarding the world of Highclere Castle, the signature of Downton Abbey. The film is now available on DVD/blue-ray and digital copies where they are sold. I recommend seeing Downton Abbey the film. The cinematic imagery is fantastic; the music is a blend of classical meets jazz-era. The costumes land you right in the middle of the 1920s immersed in a gothic style castle. The characters are hilarious, a little aloof, and spectacular. If you end up loving the movie and want to watch all six seasons, they are available on DVD/blue-ray in most stores. They are also available on Amazon Prime, and if you are a subscriber to PBS Passport, all six seasons are there, including behind the scene extras if you are fascinated with the series. Downton Abbey, the movie is a great film, and you can watch it without seeing the series first. It is an excellent film if you want to find an escape from the craziness of modern life.